How Luke Cage Uses Hip-Hop To Help Create A Harlem Hero

Video: Legendary Wu-Tang Clan rapper Method Man has been waiting a long time for a show like Luke Cage. His reaction to finally seeing the hero known as Power Man kick arse? Totally hyped, son. With a villain who runs a nightclub and a main character who puts on headphones when he's ready to kick arse, music's going to play a big part in the next Netflix Marvel superhero series. Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker got his start as a writer covering hip-hop for magazines like The Source and Vibe, and the show's soundtrack is being done by Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad. This new behind-the-scenes video takes a look at how the show is looking to channel the energy of hip-hop into this TV-anchored slice of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

True story: Years ago, when working for the now-defunct Teen People magazine, I interviewed Method Man about his participation in the old Def Jam fighting games developed and published by EA. We wound up talking about his deep obsessive love of old-school Marvel comics and his video gaming habits, which at the time included playing a lot of online matches in SOCOM: US Navy Seals for the PS2. That brother knew his maps.

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